Research Assistant Professor – Soil Science

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Classification:Research Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
Location: Palmer
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

A soil scientist is needed for soil health research in small grain production in Alaska. The individual is expected to conduct and lead soil health research pertinent to small grain production. in Alaska, and will be able to deliver research results to diverse clients. The successful candidate would be able to effectively collaborate with professionals on and off campus in research/extension.


10%Collaborate with faculty, stakeholders, and other colleagues to evaluate and develop research strategies. Essential Should have the ability to work successfully with multidisciplinary teams in different locations both within and outside of Alaska. Should also have the capacity to effectively translate stakeholder needs into relevant research as well as delivering the research outcome to stakeholder in an understandable manner.Essential
10%Develop and write interdisciplinary grant proposals that involve faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Essential Should be able to cooperate with research/extension professionals to develop competitive proposals to obtain external funding to address small grain soil-related agricultural issues in Alaska. Past success in obtaining external funding will be considered in the evaluation process.Essential
5%Mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Essential Should be willing to mentor undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds within the University of Alaska system.Essential
5%Service to IANRE, UAF and Profession: Provide service to IANRE, UAF and national professional organizations such as Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy.Essential
70%Research, specifically how ... Essential, This nine month, term-funded position is based in Palmer, Alaska with a responsibility to the whole state in research and service. The individual should have a Ph.D. in Soil Science or closely related discipline, with emphasis in soil health, soil fertility and/or agronomy. Relevant research experience is preferred. The individual will conduct and lead a soil research program pertinent to agricultural cold soils, small grain development and work collaboratively with other researchers in different locations within Alaska, as well as other research organizations outside of Alaska. Experience in northern latitude agriculture is preferred. This position requires outreach and extension service with industry, farmers, conservation professionals and relevant researchers/extension agents for critical research project development and implementation that responds to research topics identified by stakeholders. This includes providing technical guidance and assistance on topics such as soil test interpretations; plant, crop and soil management; and certified nutrient management plans. This position requires the ability to present research results to diverse audiences including non-academic, rural and urban populations, Indigenous groups, minority and underrepresented farmers, youth and elders, as well as English as a second language speakers. Additionally, this individual will be required to attend growers’ conferences, create Extension publications as well as publish in peer reviewed journals. This individual is encouraged to obtain external funding for up to a 12 month contract. Occasional travel to other locations throughout Alaska is required as part of this position. Key Words: Soil health, soil fertility, northern latitude agriculture, small grains, Alaska.Essential


Experience in research, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and extension bulletins, obtaining competitive research funding, and conducting field research and laboratory.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills.

- Knowledge of soil health, cold agricultural soils, and agronomy.

- Knowledge of the Land Grant system and the Extension mission.

- Experience working on Extension curriculum and/or educational materials is preferred.

- Experience managing budgets.

- Demonstrated procurement of extramural funding is preferred.

- Candidates must also have a commitment to University of Alaska Fairbanks core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Research experience in soil health related issues in small grains.


Ph.D. in soil science or closely related field.

This is a Full time, UNAC Grade 30, minimum $57,000.00 annual, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on October 12th, 2021.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position: This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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